About Us

maureen's photoMaureen Armstrong, University Secretary and General Counsel
BA (University of Guelph), LLB (Queens University)

As University Secretary and General Counsel, Maureen Armstrong oversees the operation and administration of the Office of the Counsel and the University Secretariat, Information and Privacy Office, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Office (AODA) and the York University Licensing Board. Ms. Armstrong is the Secretary of the Board of Governors and the Secretary of Senate.

C.SilversidesChristine Silversides, Director, Legal Services
BA (University of Toronto), LLB (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Christine Silversides is Director of Legal Services in the Office of the Counsel, directing the office’s day-to-day operations and administration. Christine also advises on an array of legal matters in areas including real estate, litigation, corporate and commercial matters, research contracts and issues, employment, regulatory matters, litigation, administrative law, and legal matters affecting issues relating to students.

J.RainbowJoanna Rainbow, Counsel
MA (University of Oxford), LLB, BCL (McGill University)

Joanna Rainbow advises on various kinds of University legal matters, particularly those pertaining to human rights, civil court proceedings, and fairness in internal procedures affecting students on both the academic side and the non-academic side.

L.DeFilippisLeanne De Filippis, Counsel
BA (York University), LLB (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Leanne DeFilippis supports human resources and employee relations units of the University, and also practices in the areas of human rights law and general litigation. Leanne is Coordinator of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Office.

NOTE: Leanne has accepted the position of Interim Executive Director. Please contact Ryan Zener (rzener@yorku.ca) as he will providing advice on legal matters in Leanne's absence.

Azadeh (Azi) Persadmehr
Law Clerk

Azadeh provides support services to the Office of the Counsel on a broad range of legal and regulatory areas including Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA), litigation, employment and labour relations and commercial matters.

Kelly GlazeKelly Glaze
Senior Legal Assistant
(416-736-2100 Ext 44299)


Elisabeth LiaElisabeth Lia
Legal Assistant
(416-736-2100 Ext 20512)